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MUST HIT: In Vino Veritas Palm Springs

Great wine paired with delicious food. It’s a match made in heaven — or perhaps the Garden of Eden — and like the biblical Garden itself this beautiful pairing can be found this April in the desert paradise Palm Springs, California.

In Vino Veritas (which means “In Wine, Truth” in Latin) is a major wine event being held at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016. The two days of wine tastings are being specially curated by esteemed Italian vintner Gambero Rosso, and attendees will sample wines from 25-30 of the most distinguished Italian wineries and winemakers, who will also be on-site to personally present their best wines.

This event actually marks the end of the Palm Springs Life Festival, which is considered the premier cultural arts and lifestyle event in the Coachella Valley. Palm Springs has become a major food destination in recent years, and was even featured on part of the most recent Top Chef California season. Beyond stars like opera legends Plácido Domingo and Renée Fleming, or fashion designers Zandra Rhodes, Michael Costello and Marc Bouwer performing during the Palm Springs Life Festival, there are also a number of celebrity chefs like Cat Cora, Gail Gand, and the Hearty Boys making an appearance.

But if you’re looking for a great culinary ending, then In Vino Veritas is the place to be. The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage’s executive chef, Bruno Lopez, will prepare a series of multicourse meals for exquisite wine parings that allow guests to experience the balanced, harmonious, complex, and complete range of wines served. Events include:

April 23

  • Wine Tasting Day 1 (11:30am – 4:00pm)
  • Winemaker Lunch, featuring Antinori wines (12:30 – 2:00pm)
  • Winemaker Dinner, hosted by Salvatore Ferragamo (7:00 – 9:00pm)
    Yes, Salvatore Ferragamo is the grandson of the esteemed fashion designer, and co-founder of Ferragamo family winery, Il Borro. This event featuress Il Borro’s most important wines and vintages.
Salvatore Ferragamo
Salvatore Ferragamo

April 24

  • Wine Tasting Day 2 (11:30am – 4:00pm)
  • Winemaker Lunch, featuring Pretrolo wines (12:30 – 2:00pm)
    For both this lunch and the one on the 23rd, the legendary wineries will feature top vintages of their award-winning Tignanello, Guado al Tasso and Galatrona wines.

For full schedule and ticket information for the Palm Springs Life Festival, visit

About Antinori:
The Antinori family has been in the winemaking business since 1385 and is known for producing some of Italy’s most sought-after wines. Their excellent wines from Tuscany and Umbria have been recognized on an international level. Their Tignanello and Solaia have become emblems of their estate in the heart of Chianti Classico, with the former being one of the area’s first reds to be produced with a nontraditional variety and without white grapes.

About Petrolo:
Petrolo, a Tuscan winery with Roman origins, is run by the Bazzocchi-Sanjust family. Their wines are produced from three separate vineyards, with most grape varieties consisting of sangiovese, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon. One of their best products, Galatrona, has become an internationally esteemed merlot.

About Il Borro:
The Il Borro estate has existed since at least the 12th century and is run by Salvatore Ferragamo, whose family acquired the ancient property in 1993. Il Borro produces exquisite wines in the beautiful green hills of Tuscany. Grape varieties include sangiovese, merlot, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and petit verdot. The grapes are hand-picked, destemmed, crushed, and stored for maturation in Il Borro’s historic medieval cellar.

Participating Wineries:
Allegrini, Ca’Maiol, Cusumano, Famiglia Cecchi, Fattoria Petrolo, Ferghettina, Il Borro, Jermann, Le Monde, Marchesi Antinori, Masciarelli, Nals Margreid, Ottella, Pala, Pietradolce, Poderee Sapaio, Primosic, San Felice, Schiopetto, Tenuta Di Angoris, Tenute Rubino, Velenosi, Medici Ermete, Castellare di Castellina, Rocca di Frassinello, and Feudi del Pisciotto

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